Genealogy news round-up: Ancestry publishes Somerset records

By Jon Bauckham, 14 July 2016 - 3:16pm

Plus: WDYTYA? 2016 celebrities unveiled; War memorials website launches online; Heritage campaign urges public to 'Enrich the List'; Twile strikes deal with FamilySearch

Millions of historic Somerset records have been made available to explore on Ancestry.

Digitised from original documents held by Somerset Archives & Local Studies in Taunton, the latest additions include five collections of baptism, confirmation, marriage and burial records from across the county dating back to the 16th century.

The genealogy website has also added a tranche of local school registers spanning 1860-1914, alongside gaol records spanning 1807-1879.

Search the records here (requires subscription).

WDYTYA? 2016 celebrities unveiled

The famous faces set to trace their family trees in the 13th series of Who Do You Think You Are? have been officially revealed.

The series, which will air on BBC One later this year, features the likes of Sir Ian McKellen, Amanda Holden and Danny Dyer, who will travel across Britain and beyond in a bid to discover their roots.

View the full list of celebrities here.

War memorials website launches online

A new resource containing details of thousands of war memorials has launched online.

Created using records collected by Mark Herber, the database at currently holds the names of more than 270,000 men and women remembered on monuments across Britain, with photographs of the inscriptions also available to download.

A monthly subscription to the website costs £5, with quarterly and annual membership priced £9.95 and £29.95 respectively.

Heritage campaign urges public to 'Enrich the List'

Members of the public are being asked to share their knowledge of England’s 400,000 listed buildings and monuments.

The crowdsourcing initiative, dubbed ‘Enrich the List’, has been launched by Historic England, which looks after the listing process. Established in 1882, the system helps to protect sites of historic importance from destruction, ranging from palaces to pigsties.

To contribute, users need to navigate to, where the entire list can be searched for free. Once a relevant entry has been found, people can upload their own stories, memories and photographs at the bottom of the page.

Twile strikes deal with FamilySearch

Timeline-building website Twile has announced details of a new partnership with genealogy giant FamilySearch.

Much like the site’s recent deal with Findmypast, Twile users will soon also be able to import tree data from the FamilySearch platform, enabling them to keep their timelines up to date as they continue their research.

The Doncaster-based startup, which secured major investment at this year’s RootsTech conference in Utah, has also hired two new developers to build additional features and help the project grow further.

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